OUR GERMAN-BRAZILIAN LIONESS
Posted on August 23 2019
I'm sure you all know the feeling; a quick scan of your Instagram feed just to catch up; an hour or more later and you've disappeared down the IG rabbit hole, feeling lost/bewildered/disorientated.
It was on one such excursion into the void that salvation came in the form of an incredibly refreshing and original woman doing her thing with humour, panache and good dose of not giving a damn.
Stylist, emerging journalist and all round entertainer, Izzy's stories make you feel like you're on a video call with your best friend.
HI IZZY. TELL US WHAT YOU DO.
I'm doing two distance-learning courses in Fashion Styling/Image Consulting and Online Journalism. I also have a blog called thefreaklifestyle.com where I love to talk about fashion, people and things that inspire me and I love sharing moments caught via film photography.
WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED?
I’m in Nuremberg, a city in the South of Germany, and next year I’m finally going to make the big move to my dream city London.
WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE? ARE YOU A MINIMALIST OR MAXIMALIST?
I would say I’m right in the middle. Some days I want to keep it simple and there are other days where I want to be completely over the top!
It really depends on my mood and if I’m honest I love being right in the middle because with that being said you can always reinvent yourself.
HOW DO YOU CURATE & STYLE THE JEWELLERY YOU WEAR?
When it comes to jewellery, I can definitely say that I’m a maximalist because I love to wear it all: earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings.
Without my jewellery, I feel kind of naked. Whether it’s gold or silver, I don’t mind mixing; I love it all together.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR EVERYDAY?
Sustainability is really important to me!
I love vintage shopping, I’ve bought myself a reusable water bottle, I only use bar soap, I replaced plastic straws for metal straws (not only sustainable but also stylish), I always have a canvas bag with me, I’ve cut out meat from my diet and I try to eat more seasonal foods.
WHAT HELPS YOU MAINTAIN A GENERAL SENSE OF HEALTH & HAPPINESS? ANY PEARLS OF WISDOM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
For health, drink more water! I know so many people say this but I feel like so few people actually do it. It makes such a difference; you have more energy, your skin looks plumper and it increases your metabolism.
Oh and don’t forget to use sunscreen every single day – please. It’s so important to protect your skin!
For happiness, acceptance will bring you peace.
I think these days we just put way too much pressure on ourselves and this is especially triggered by social media. Everyone "wants to be perfect". Everyone wants to show off their "perfect life" on Instagram.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet and social media but I feel like the more we use it, the more we start comparing ourselves to others. And that is THE worst for our mental health. I feel that by practising acceptance, you feel free, you’re more peaceful with others and yourself. Self-acceptance is also crucial for self love.
WHAT DOES JEWELLERY MEAN OR SYMBOLISE TO YOU? AND DO YOU HAVE A FIRST MEMORY OF WEARING JEWELLERY?
Jewellery has a huge sentimental value for me because most of my pieces I got from my mum and she received from her mum, so I feel very honoured and proud wearing these family pieces.
My very first memory of wearing jewellery must have been when I was 5 years old. At that time I was obsessed with my mum’s pearl necklace. I wanted to wear it every single day as a child and she still lets me wear it, of course.
Already at a young age I was obsessed with jewellery, all of it.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM OF MONARC JEWELLERY?
What a tough question to answer. I’m in love with everything, but if I had to pick my two favourites, I would go for the Oval Chubbies Hoops and the Suitor Chain Necklace. Both gold!
Photos: Isabell-Carmen Dierssen @izzycarmeliarose